We kicked off 2014 to premiering Troma’s ‘Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1’ at the Museum of Modern Art. Yup! The MoMA selected ‘Return to Nuke Em High’ for it’s CONTENDERS series, a selection of films the museum’s film department determines to be “a contender for lasting historical significance.” That’s right folks, there we were, a Troma film, directed by dad, Lloyd Kaufman, sandwiched in between ‘Gravity’’12 Years a Slave’, ‘Blue is The Warmest Color’ and ‘Nebraska’ I don’t think Alfonso Cuaron’s screening ended with a live Bollywood Dance…
In case you missed it, check out Kurt McVey’s awesome piece in Interview Magazine: WHEN TROMA MET MOMA
ABOVE, L-R: RETURN TO NUKE EM HIGH: VOL. 1’S STARS CATHERINE CORCORAN, ASTA PAREDES, AND DIRECTOR LLOYD KAUFMAN. PHOTO BY VENTIKO, TAKEN AT LA LUZ IN BROOKLYN.
I’m on the road with dad, tagging along at Oxford University, the intellectual capital of the world, where dad has been invited to give a master class.
The Honorable Roger Kirby and St. Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford present… LLOYD KAUFMAN MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE! MASTER CLASS
Dad is giving a crash course in indie filmmaking, the TROMA way to a packed sold out room of students, journalists, professors, fans and Harry Potter.
Filmmakers and actors dad has worked with, like Eli Roth, share advice via video. Here, Eli talks about the value of starting out as a PA on a movie to learn Filmmaking, Tarantino learned the ropes as a PA before he ran the show on Resevoir Dogs, Roth reminds filmmaker hopefulls:
We tracked down Noah Cooper,up and comingdirector ofNinja Zombies (2010) on location on the set of his zombie film at Troma Studios.
After directing Award Winning Lloyd Kaufman, here’s what Noah had to say about working with and being inspired bythe master of Low Budget Genre Bending Independent Cinema. Noah also sheds light on why he chose to film at Troma Studios, what he learned from Troma about making Low Budget films, and shares his own advice on making low budget Zombie special effects for a high quality production.
Chris Cartusciello, journalist, filmmaker and TEACHER of English and LIFE, and Phil Fasso of Icons of Fright get in some LIVE QUESTIONS WITH LLOYD over lunch in Tromaville (right by the power plant) in Long Island City. Chris and Phil frighten Lloyd with details about their upcoming horror flick DEADTENTION and Lloyd frightens them by eating in public.
Whew, what a day. Thanks to the hundreds of fans who tuned in this afternoon and sent in all sorts of questions. If POPS didn’t get to your query today we’ll be back tagging along in Tromaville tomorrow 2-5pm EST. So keep emailing in your questions firstname.lastname@example.org and stay tuned to the Tromemoir. Believe you me, we’re going to get personal.
To fit in a couple more questions, We caught up with Dad in his “Limo” on the way to THE OTHER GUYS premier in NYC City. After a full day writing BP PSA parodies, calling for Tromen, Tromettes and Tromosapiens, brainstorming scenes for TOXIE V and dreaming up full head crushing scenes in the Troma office, pops is off to a glamorus night on the town. It wouldn’t be a typical Troma day if he wasn’t rushing off to a movie premier. We leave you for the evening with this quick clip of what Dad had to say about a recent conversation with Brad Pitt:
Philip Mazzullo writes: Lloyd! First of all, you’re obviously the best. Done pandering. My question: What would it take for an independent band like my own to get a music video done by our favorite independent film studio (that’s you guys)? Do we need to be incredibly famous and have gratuitous heaps of money? Also, what is Toxie like in person?
LK: Well Philip, being a superficial person, I ah, love rich musicians who give me money, or take me for luxury all expense paid weekends to vacations to Fire Island. Barring that, keep an eye on my twitter and facebook for progress concerning Toxie V.
It’s hard for me to say, like Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Toxie is too busy to talk directly to me these days, like the rest of the teenybopers I have to read up in my daughters’ US Weekly, or Life & Style, where I catch glimpses of him buying toilet paper alongside Lindsay Lohan in the “stars are like US” pages. If you would really like to know more about what Toxie is like, check out Toxic Avenger the novel.
TL: Dear Lloyd, with all the people who you have inspired and touched over the years, what are some of the moments that have touched you the most personally (for real, no puns about squeezing a boob on set, lol)
LK: Dear Theo, When The Filmmakers at Tromadance get to see their movies with an audience that is a great moment. That makes them so happy. The happiness of these filmmakers to see their films shown in front of a live audience, this is pretty damn cool. I’m happy that their movie gets shown in front of a live audience at Tromadance.
And of course, the first time I saw Justin Bieber perform live.